Brisbane project named best development in the country

first_imgBotanica Residences by ARIA Property Group. Picture: SuppliedMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“ Further, the finishes and attention to detail within our apartments are unparalleled,” he said.UDIA Qld President Stephen Harrison said the national president’s award “crowns this development the best in the country” with Botanica Residences now a benchmark for urban renewal.“The project includes impressive sustainability features such as the application of 120 solar panels installed as a vertical facade treatment and this, combined with fantastic resident amenities, such as private dining and cinema rooms with indoor/outdoor health and wellbeing facilities won the judges over.” UDIA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE WINNERS: Botanica Residences by ARIA Property Group has Queensland’s largest green wall. Picture: SuppliedThe coveted award came after Botanica Residences picked up the gong for the best high density development in the country – a category where it went up against Anadara & Alexander – Lendlease’s Barangaroo South project in New South Wales and Piccolo’s Upper House project in Victoria.The project – which has been completed on the corner of Edmondstone and Boundary Streets in South Brisbane – has 179 apartments across 20 levels, and some of the best green credentials around including Enviro-Development accreditation from the UDIA, full 6 leaf certification and UDIA national president Michael Corcoran said the awards recognised the ‘best of the best’ in an industry dedicated to producing the best possible products for home buyers, surrounding communities and the environment. PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Botanica Residences by ARIA Property Group QLD CATEGORY WINNERS: Affordable Development: Lifestyle Hastings by Lifestyle Communities VIC Environmental Excellence: Osprey Waters by Mirvac WA High Density Development: Botanica Residences by ARIA Property Group QLD Urban Renewal: Tonsley by Renewal SA Seniors Living: Mark Moran Vaucluse by Mark Moran Group NSW Medium Density Development: The Barkly by ID_Land VIC Residential Development: Fairwater by Frasers Property Australia NSW Masterplanned Development: Blakes Crossing by Lendlease SA (Source: UDIA Awards for Excellence 2017) Botanica Residences by ARIA Property Group: UDIA National President’s Award winner. Picture: Suppliedcenter_img Botanica Residences by ARIA Property Group is the country’s best development project, taking out the top gong at the UDIA National Awards for Excellence. Picture: SuppliedA 20-LEVEL Brisbane apartment project has been named the best development in the country, winning a coveted national award ahead of hundreds of others.ARIA Property Group’s South Brisbane project, Botanica Residences, was won the Urban Development Institute President’s Award, making it the best of the best of around 500 projects across the country. Aria Property Group managing director Tim Forrester, UDIA national president Michael Corcoran and Aria Property Group design manager Simon White at the UDIA national awards where Botanica Residences took the top gong. Picture: SuppliedAria Property Group design manager Simon White said the team was “extremely proud” and “delighted” with the awards.“We are delighted that our unwavering commitment to quality has been recognised in this forum. We were even more honoured to win The President’s Award which is the highest accolade bestowed by the UDIA, representing the Best of the Best in all developments and categories.”He said Aria was a strong believer in delivering the highest quality amenity for residents including its exclusive residents’ rooftop clubs with private dining rooms, theatres, gyms and yoga spaces.last_img read more

Stabilis Energy enters deals to expand LNG, CNG presence in Mexico

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Stabilis Energy)U.S. LNG producer and provider Stabilis Energy has made two strategic transactions to expand its presence in the distributed liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) markets in Mexico.Stabilis said that it completed the acquisition of privately held Diversenergy and its subsidiaries to create a distributed LNG marketing and distribution company in Mexico.Also, the company formed a joint venture with Grupo CLISA and other former owners of Diversenergy to pursue investments in LNG and CNG assets in Mexico.Diversenergy provides the chilled fuel to customers that use LNG as a fuel in mobile high horsepower applications and to customers that do not have natural gas pipeline access.As a result of the acquisition, Diversenergy and its Mexican subsidiary became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Stabilis.The transaction was structured as an equity purchase with Diversenergy’s owners receiving cash and Stabilis common stock consideration. Financial terms of the transaction were left undisclosed.Lee Kellough, former CEO of Diversenergy, will serve as the president of Stabilis’ Mexican subsidiary Diversenergy S.A.P.I. de C.V. and SVP of Stabilis.Stabilis also formed a joint venture with CryoMex to pursue investments in distributed natural gas production and distribution assets in Mexico.The JV, operating as Energía Superior Gas Natural LLC, plans to invest in LNG and CNG production, transportation, storage, and regasification assets that serve multiple end markets throughout Mexico, including the industrial, mining, pipeline, utility, marine, and over-the-road transportation markets.According to Stabilis, the JV plans to begin immediately evaluating LNG and CNG asset development opportunities in Monterrey, Sonora, and Mexico City regions.These assets could include LNG liquefaction facilities, cryogenic rolling stock equipment, CNG compression stations, and pressurized rolling stock equipment, among others.According to an article published by the Houston Chronicle on Thursday, Stabilis Energy is eyeing Monterrey as the location of its first LNG plant in Mexico.last_img read more

With coronavirus spike, some Mason City School Board members wonder about delaying start of school year

first_imgMASON CITY — With the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Cerro Gordo County, some members of the Mason City School Board are wondering if it would be wise to delay the start of the school year, which currently is scheduled to start on August 24th. Board president Jodi Draper says while she  wants students back in school, the rise in coronavirus cases in the community is concerning.   “If you had to start school tomorrow, I would have to say we can’t. I want normalcy and I want us back in school, but with our numbers doing this — you aren’t keeping a five-year-old in a mask. You’re just not doing it. They hug each other, and they want to hang out with each other, and they’re kindergarteners, and at recess, and then we get to where colds start, and we sneeze, and we wipe our hands and our nose.” Draper says she’s been hearing from parents concerned about what the school year ahead will be like, with some threatening that they’ll yank their kids out of the school district for online-only approved options.   “I’m so much for ‘let’s go to school’ because I’ve had double-digits of emails almost every day of people saying if we don’t do online learning, ‘I’m going to go to an accredited place that has been tried and tested, and I’m going to put my kids in that, I will not use the public education, and then I’m not returning’. Now people say a lot of things when they are emotional and angry, and fear is very hard to reason with, but they are thinking about that, they are doing that.” Board member Jacob Schweitzer says it may be a good idea to delay the start of school and see how COVID-19 impacts other districts.  “There’s some wisdom in delaying the school year even by a couple of weeks to see what happens in the other school districts and learn from them. There may be some wisdom in that.” Superintendent Dave Versteeg says if the start of the school year would be delayed, those missed days would have to either be made up in June or extra time would have to be added to the school day.  “The issue is the 1080-hour minimum school calendar has to still be met. No school means we have no hours toward the 1080. If we have continuous learning, those hours count. If we have hybrid, those hours count. If we have on-site, those hours count. But not to have school, we don’t get to bank any hours, so if we were going to delay past the 24th, we have to add hours somewhere into the calendar to come up with the 1080 we need to meet the requirement. So the requirement has not been waived, but how you get to it has been.” The conversation was part of the review of the district’s draft “Return to Learn Plan” at this week’s school board meeting. The board will further discuss that plan at a special meeting on August 4th.  Click here to read the full “Return-To-Learn Plan”Click here to watch Monday night’s meetinglast_img read more